The Different Causes Of Impaired Driving

At least 90% of vehicle collisions result from human error. It could be an operational mistake like speeding or making an illegal turn, and human behaviour. There are drivers who are aware of being impaired and yet they choose to get behind the wheel and drive.

Intentional disregard for another person’s safety and health has enabled many lawyers to obtain substantial compensation for impairment-related crash victims. Compensation often includes money for economic losses like hospital bills and non-economic losses like pain and suffering. In extreme situations, there are additional punitive damages.

Drunk drivers are the usual cause of about one-third of fatal car crashes. Alcohol is categorized as a depressant that slows down motor skills and clouds judgment. These qualities of alcohol make them popular at parties. After consuming alcohol at a party, the best option is to take a taxi or ride-sharing transport instead of driving and causing injuries to others.

Most alcohol-related crashes involve DUI arrests. Circumstantial evidences of impairment often include erratic driving before the crash, bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, unsteady balance, and the accused individual’s statement on alcohol consumption.

Another reason for impaired driving is drowsiness due to fatigue. Driving 18 hours without sleep is similar to driving with .05 BAC. Even if the person is chronologically well-rested, he can still be dangerously fatigued. People suffering from sleep apnea are deprived of deep restorative sleep.

Driving while using a mobile phone is banned in many states because it causes distractions to the driver. Technically, hands-free devices are considered legal but they can also be dangerous because it takes the mind off of driving. Arguing with passengers or eating while driving can also cause distractions.

Impaired driving usually causes serious injuries. Similar to other criminal offenses, it must be proven beyond reasonable doubt that the accused has committed an offense or has acted negligently to cause harm to another person.

The best option for an accused is to call that has a complete understanding of the elements of criminal offense and consequences of a conviction. Similar to DUI, license suspension will be sought for but a lawyer can make arguments to reduce the suspension based on mitigating circumstances.